Roads are slick; just ask the deputy whose squad was hit twice Sunday

Photos and information from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

Unfortunately officers themselves sometimes fall prey to bad road conditions, and careless drivers, while they’re out checking on us. Exhibit A: LaPorte County Deputy Michael Sweet’s squad car.

“This afternoon (Feb. 10, 2019), Deputy Michael Sweet was parked along the shoulder of westbound U.S. 30, just east of CR 800 West, with his emergency lights activated,” the sheriff’s office reports. “Deputy Sweet was assisting a disabled vehicle and standing outside of his police vehicle. Suddenly, a vehicle traveling west on U.S. 30 lost control and struck Deputy Sweet’s vehicle. Shortly after, another westbound vehicle lost control and struck Deputy Sweet’s vehicle a second time.

“The primary cause of both crashes was ruled to be speed too fast for weather conditions. The sheriff’s office can not stress enough the importance of adjusting your driving behaviors accordingly to weather conditions. Thankfully, Deputy Sweet, along with the other motorists involved, were not injured.”

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